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216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423
+1 616-396-0600
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Ranked #46 of 195 Restaurants in Holland
Price range: $11 - $34
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Opened Memorial Day Weekend of 2006 The property has a rich history on the lake. Past businesses include property Occupying the year aggregate dock and storage area, a coal dock and marine construction and dredging has company. The building WAS designed to harken back to historic boat building factories lined the shores That of Lake Macatawa with Exposed beams and brick. The bar top WAS created to mimic the decks of hand-crafted wooden boats made by the likes of Chris Craft with light wood inlays betweens darker mahogany boards. The walls are lined with historic photos of the Lake Macatawa, Lake Michigan and Holland Areas. The restaurant continued to evolve and add features That Enhance the guest experience. In 2008, the outdoor patio bar WAS Added to create a comfortable outdoor lounge area. The next year saw the addition of glass walls along the boardwalk to create true waterfront tables right on the edge of the seawall. The next major change cam in 2012 with the full remodel of the indoor dining room and lounge. The Areas Were swapped to create a better dining experience for our guests with Additional windows Added to the North wall and elevated seating area year to Ensure great lake views for Every guest in the dining room. We Know That with growth, change must come aussi. Constantly we are looking for avenues and ideas to make Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant The Most Sought After dining experience on the lakeshore.
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South Haven, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Food and service was very good--we had the whitefish and walleye, but when we ordered coffee after dinner it was instant coffee and very poor tasting. This is difficult to understand unless the chef and management hate coffee? I've never run into this before.

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Holland, Michigan
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

The Chef is outstanding with creative and delicious menu options. The presentation is unique and the food delicious.

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Holland, Michigan, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you come for the view, you won't be disappointed. The menu is fine, but it's not the main reason to dine here.

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Holland, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

MONEY MONEY to much to go here. Sorry I cannot say the food or the service was worth the cost. We had a group of 12 and we will not go back again. Sorrry I don't like to give bad review's but just being honest.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Went here for a work meeting. They had it catered. It was very good food and their drinks were for of as well. Can't comment on price since I didn't pay for it. I'm sure it would be very expensive. Great location love to come back in summer.

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Holland, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Have great food. Liked the macaroni with all the add in possible. I liked the bacon add in. Also have a great atmosphere. Service is very helpful.

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Ada, Michigan
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94 reviews 94 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We had a really great family dinner recently on a cold snowy sunday evening in Holland. It was my in-laws anniversary and many of the restaurants in the area are closed sunday evenings so Boatwerks it was. We arrived at 6:15 and the restaurant had few other groups so it wasn't crowded or noisy. Our waiter was very attentive and... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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142 reviews 142 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I ordered the fresh Canadian caught Walleye, it was tasty enough, though the thick layer of seasoning looked too much like a layer of skin, not pleasing to the eye, but forget about it once you taste it. They made me a simple house salad with balsamic dressing and were very attentive and willing to do just about anything to... More 

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Courtney B, Guest Relations Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Hi Nika, thank you for reaching out with your review. We would love to know what you think we could change in order to provide a 5 star experience for you. Any insights we will take into consideration in order to continue improving our services. We are thankful that you visited and hope to see you again soon! Boatwerks Management... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Second time here for my wife and me, both times as travelers and both times with reviews of "mediocre," "ok." Maybe we need a good warm weather day, so we can be out on the patio. To be sure, EXCELLENT food: loved the macaroni and cheese (she and I chose different meats to top, enjoyed sharing from each other's plates),... More 

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Holland, Michigan
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Our favorite time of year to visit Boatworks is summer....love to sit outside and enjoy the view. Sunday afternoons in the summer they usually have live music and always have happy hour drinks and appetizers. The food can be good to great depending on the day....they have a great indoor bar also. Be sure to say hi to Ben, he... More 

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Additional Information about Boatwerks

Address: 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423
Phone Number: +1 616-396-0600
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ottawa County  >  Holland
Average Prices: USD 11 - 34
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

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